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    Thursday, 26 January 2023

    Simon Mignolet wins Belgium Best Player award

    Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has won a prestigious award in his home country

    Simon Mignolet

    The former Reds spent six years at Anfield from 2013-19 after signing from Sunderland. He was Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper until the arrival of Alisson Becker in 2018.

    Liverpool struck a deal worth up to €9m (£7.9m) with Club Brugge in August 2019, for the sale of Mignolet after which they moved to sign then-free agent Adrian.

    Since he left Anfield, Mignolet has become a star player in his home country. His performance this season has helped Brugge reach the last 16 of the Champions League. The Belgian club eliminated Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen in the European elite competition.

    The Gouden Schoen (Golden Shoe) award is an award given to Belgium's best player at the beginning of every civil year for the preceding year.

    Mignolet took the honor, becoming the first goalkeeper to do so since Michel Preud'homme in 1989.

    The ex Liverpool star, speaking after receiving the award said: “We didn't get home until half past three last night and Lex was already at my bedside at seven o'clock.

    “We are happy to include that, you should enjoy such moments. He also immediately saw the trophy this morning, so that's nice to wake up to.

    “I have a contract until 2026 and as long as I can after that, I will continue. It's only my body that will decide if I stop.

    “The marriage between me and Club Brugge has been successful so far. I am very happy with the choice I made.”

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